Kempsey Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Kempsey Fire and Rescue crews responded to a bush fire on Berrys Lane near Crescent Head yesterday afternoon.
The call came through just after 4pm to a bush fire and explosions.
On arrival there was a shed structure and vehicles fully involved with fire and the blaze had spread to nearby bush land.
Nine RFS units responded to the call and were assisted by four Fire and Rescue units to help control the blaze.
“There were a number of isolated dwellings in the area that were at risk, that’s why the fire fire was upgraded to a watch and act level,” RFS Inspector Wayne Leader said.
Around five hectares of bush land was burnt and crews were on scene of the fire for five hours.
“Because of the extreme heat yesterday we were rotating crews every 15 minutes and also set up a rehab centre for the crews at the scene,” Fire and Rescue station commander Tony Hackenberg said.
“There were vehicles that were fully involved with fire as well as LPG bottles exploding. Direct fire attack was carried out by Fire and rescue while we worked to contain the blaze and extinguish the vehicles and shed structure.”
During this time there was also a call out to a grass fire at Burnt Bridge.
The fires have both since been contained and the Berrys Lane fire has been downgraded to advice level.
Police are currently investigating the incidents.
Locals are also urged to call 000 in the event of an emergency.
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